If you’ve heard me (Melissa Hubler) say it once on our podcasts, you’ve probably heard me say it many times – In order to model Christ for your kids, you must know His Word. The Bible must be our stomping grounds. We need to know it, memorize it, spend time in it, ruminate on it, and let it bring change into our lives. God’s Word Never Returns Void! If we aren’t doing this as parents, how will it become something that our kids do?

Long Week and a Long Scripture to Memorize

I am a part of a women’s Bible study this year who is doing a very strange thing. Reading the Bible and memorizing the Bible. Not the Bible according to any human author, not a topic of the Bible as discussed in a book, but simply the Word of God. We are reading and journaling and sharing how the Spirit of God is interacting with us as we invest time in His Word. I love the Old Testament. I always walk away with a deeper view of God and His faithful love for His people.

This time through the Old Testament has been no different. I feel like a sponge most mornings, excited to soak up what is before me. Many of the scripture verses that we have memorized throughout the year have been very meaningful and impactful to me personally while others I look at and wonder, “Why this one?”  Well, that was definitely my response to the verse we had a few weeks back. When I looked at our memory verses, all I saw was that it seemed a strange passage to memorize, and it was LONG!

And my week was long, and I just didn’t want to take the time to memorize a passage about David cutting off Goliath’s head and destroying the Philistines. The last part of the verse was great – my God will make it happen! But the whole thing just seemed rather pointless. And I carried this attitude with me into our group meeting. My voice was not one of encouragement to anyone, but rather I was the disgruntled one who pointed out the flaws with the next weeks memory work. And others quickly joined me in complaining about the passage. As we prepared to leave, my grumpy attitude firmly in place, our fearless leader spoke up and said, “Well, God’s word never returns void, so let’s just know that He must have something for us in this passage.”

God’s Word Never Returns Void… So I Pushed On

With those words ringing in my head, I left that day, little knowing what God had in store for me. I was ahead in my reading, having sponged through several weeks’ worth of our assigned reading already and decided that I had best start memorizing this passage early as it just might take me the whole week to get it down. And so I began meditating on the Word of God that does not return void…

1 Samuel 17: 46-47

“This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.”

I Rediscovered an Amazing Story from God’s Word

Over the course of the week, God started to unravel this passage for me in the most beautiful of ways. David, who was very young, stood before his enemy, a giant who cursed him and threatened to feed him to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth (I Sam. 17:43-44). That sounds fairly terrifying to me. David stood there with 5 stones and a sling shot while Goliath clearly had the advantage. But David responded to Goliath’s threats by telling him that he was going to cut his head off. How on earth could he have known that? Goliath’s head was no where near David’s reach. And then David throws Goliath’s threat back at him. Goliath threatened to feed David to the birds and the beasts.

Well David countered with “I’m going to kill the entire army behind you and feed THEM to the birds and beasts.” How could David have known that? God had clearly shown David something that no one else could see and he boldly spoke in faith. Hebrews 11:1 talks about this kind of faith. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” There was no physical evidence that David could possibly cut Goliath’s head off much less kill the Philistine army. But he knew what God had shown him and his faith led him to boldly speak of things not yet seen. Why? Because David knew who his God was. And that was a game changer.

We’re All Facing Some Giants

I started to look around at the prayer requests that come into Legacy from parents who are hurting for their kids, families trying to make ends meet, wounds that need healing. I looked at my own kids and the issues that they are facing amid a hostile world. Everywhere they look they are presented with rampant “wokism,” gender issues, and the ever-present pull of technology and media. Let me tell you, there are giants in our land and the giants are screaming at us that this is as good as it gets, you’ll never succeed, you’ll never be good enough, that pain will never go away, you’ll never fit in…. It goes on and on.

One lie after another and like the Israelites who trembled and hid, we often do the same. We beg God for help while we bury our head and wait for deliverance, never stopping to realize that the same Spirit who filled David with power (I Samuel 16:13) and allowed him to boldly proclaim truth is the Spirit who fills God’s people today. 2 Timothy 1:7 Tells us that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. The same Spirit – The same power!

When We Act in Faith, Giants Fall

David did not stop with proclaiming truth to the giant who stood before him. He ran toward that giant and did something that probably seemed foolish. He threw a rock at him! David proclaimed that he was going to cut the head off Goliath, but when Goliath came at him, he threw a rock at him. What did David already know that allowed him to boldly throw rocks at a giant? He knew that his God does not fight with swords or spears. David didn’t need to be fully prepared for battle with armor.

He didn’t need a sword, though he intended to cut the head off the giant. He knew that the battle was the Lord’s, and it was a done deal. Sometimes our efforts at defeating the giants before us feel like we are throwing rocks. Spitting into the wind. Doing something that will get us nowhere. The battle has been long, hard, painful, and fraught with tears. But when we proclaim truth (God’s truth from His Word) and take steps of faith, we will see giants fall.

It Looked Insurmountable

Sun Family

Sun Family Hiking in the Desert

When my nephew shattered his leg this last fall, there were many things that felt hopeless. Surgery, medical expense, therapy. He was told it would take a year to heal. He was 15 at the time. A sophomore in high school. What was before him looked insurmountable – a big fat giant who threatened everything that a 15 year-old values. But rather than cowering in a hole and begging God for help, we as a family stepped out in faith and proclaimed truth. We couldn’t see the end. All we could see with our physical eyes was injury, pain, suffering, and loss.

But with our spiritual eyes God was showing us something different and in faith we stepped into the unseen (Heb 11:1). There is a long story here and I encourage you to listen in to our podcast in August where my sister, Amy Sun, gets to tell the story. But I kid you not, three months after the accident, my sister’s entire family was hiking in the desert, including my nephew, not just proclaiming healing but experiencing the riches of the other side.

Podcasts Featuring Amy Sun

Be Encouraged! God’s Word Never Returns Void

Be encouraged today with whatever you are facing. Look to God’s Word, that never returns void, find your strength in Him, knowing that the battle is the Lord’s, and He will deliver you. He will provide for you. Open His Word and know Him as your healer, protector, provider, creator, the lover of your soul. Proclaim truth today and stand firm.

Ephesians 6:10-13

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

 

Article by Melissa Hubler

May 2022